The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed the proceedings in a murder case at a court in Ambala, wherein an Amritdhari Sikh was asked to remove his kirpan while recording his statements in court.
The single-judge bench of justice AG Masih stayed the lower court order after the Haryana government failed to file a reply in the case. The proceedings would remain stayed till August 12, the next date of hearing in the case in the high court.
Dilawar Singh had moved the high court against the order of the sessions judge, who had allegedly asked him to remove his kirpan while recording his statements in court.
The judge had also directed Dilawar to appear before the court on the next date of hearing in the case without the kirpan, if he wanted to appear as a witness, the petitioner had submitted.
The petitioner had argued before the court that the order was illegal, ultra vires of Article 25 of the Constitution, and infringed upon the religious freedom granted to him by the Constitution.